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HomeAnswersOrthopedician and TraumatologykyphoplastyWhat is the reason for placing calcium in the spinal cord?

Can a vertebroplasty help in lifting the collapsed vertebrae?

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Answered by

Dr. Anuj Nigam

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At January 30, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 10, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My 65-year-old grandmother has had migraines for the past three years and is on medications. She is admitted to the hospital, and the doctor advises her to perform a procedure where calcium will be inserted via the spinal cord. Can this treatment be performed on a 65-year-old person? Kindly explain this procedure and its associated risks.

Answered by Dr. Anuj Nigam

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. In an osteoporotic spine fracture, the backbone is weak, and it becomes difficult to bear the body weight causing severe back pain. In such cases, vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty procedures are performed in which the bone is refilled with bone cement (artificial calcium) with injections surgically. This helps to lift the collapsed vertebra and to gain more strength in the backbone region. It can be performed on a 65-year-old person. I hope this helps you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anuj Nigam
Dr. Anuj Nigam

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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